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QS30 Water Sensors available from Micromax

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Banner Engineering’s World-Beam QS30H2O Opposed Mode Water Sensors provide an innovative solution for efficiently detecting water-based liquids in clear, frosted, coloured or even partially opaque bottles or containers.

The QS30 Water Sensors, available from Micromax , use a specially designed 1450 nm sensing beam, which is inherently absorbed by water, to make clear bottle/clear water combination detection a high-contrast application, enabling reliable detection.

In addition, the QS30 Water Sensors have high excess gain to burn through coloured glass, labelled/decorated bottles and translucent milk jugs to detect the liquid contents.

The QS30 Water Sensors consist of an emitter and a choice of either a low-power receiver, ideal for detecting water in clear bottles, or a high-power receiver, designed to effectively receive the emitted beam through partially opaque containers.

In addition, the 13 mm diameter beam can be shaped using one of the three apertures that come standard with each emitter/receiver pair.

The aperture reduces excess gain and narrows the sensing beam, facilitating accurate detection of water in vials, test tubes or other small vessels and containers.

“At a wavelength of 1450 nm, water absorbs about 1,000 times more energy than at visible wavelengths, allowing the QS30 Water Sensor to deliver reliable results in two ways,” said Dennis Smith, technical marketing engineer at Banner Engineering.

“When the bottle is clear, the energy absorption of the water creates high contrast between the water and the bottle. For example, a clear PET plastic bottle may attenuate about 5% of the light emitted, while the water attenuates about 95% of the light energy, allowing for simple discrimination between an empty or full bottle.

“The sensor also has the optical power to ‘burn through’ many partially opaque glass and plastic containers, but not through the liquid contents.” Dennis Smith adds, “This light-blocking technique delivers accurate sensing at a cost-effective price.”


The unique design and robust ability of the QS30 Water Sensor make it a good solution for demanding sensing applications including the following:

  • Fill level inspection in bottling applications
  • Test tube liquid detection
  • Food packaging inspection and verification

The QS30 Water Sensor is a member of Banner Engineering’s World-Beam QS30 product line, a family of easy-to-use sensing products with a wide array of sensing modes and sizes, and delivered in a standard 30 mm housing.

The QS30 Water Sensor’s feature set also includes the following:

  • Offers compact design and mounting versatility
  • Features rugged IP67 housing for harsh environments
  • Provides easy-to-read operating status indicators
  • Delivers good noise immunity and crosstalk avoidance
  • Resists environmental contamination from moisture and dirt
  • Includes bipolar NPN/PNP outputs, with a choice of light or dark operate models

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